Rare Earth Mining

Republicans push through mining deregulation bill

Joined by only 22 Democrats, Republicans successfully pushed through a bill allowing uranium mining on federal lands to be exempted from "formal environmental reviews. Also included in the exemption would be copper, silver, and gold. Rep. Ed Markey (Dem-MA) accused the Republicans  of "actually appear[ing] to be trying to usher in a new stone age," saying the bill was "a pretext for gutting environmental protections relating to virtually all mining operations" and "a GOP giveaway game show here on the House floor." 

Rep. Rush Holt, Democrat- NJ joined Ed Markey in saying: "It has almost nothing to do with national strategic critical minerals production... Make no mistake, this is a giveaway... It is free mining, no royalties, no protection of public interest, exemption from royalty payments, near exemption from environmental regulations, near exemption from legal enforcement of the protections."

LARRY MARGASAK (AP) l Seattle Times l 12 Juy 2012

Republicans pushed a bill through the House Thursday that allows the government to exempt gold, copper, silver and uranium mining on federal land from formal environmental reviews...

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Can the IAEA fairly assess radiation risk when their mission is to promote nuclear and related industry?

Soo Jin Hou l 28 May, 2012 I refer today to the article "Thorium Lynas tidak berbahaya by A. Rahman Omar" published in Malaysian Insider [1].  He claims that Lynas' waste is safe because the radioactivity is very low.  But he conveniently ignored ...

Lynas puts a little too much salt in the truth about radiation danger

Soo Jin Hou l 7 May 2012 In a highly publicized press conference on 3 April 2012, Lynas demonstrated that their WLP waste is lower in radioactivity than table salt [1] [2].  The implication of this experiment is very detrimental to the stop Lynas ...

Lynas: Public health is still a health issue, even if the truth is inconvenient for the government..

Soo Jin Hou l Kuantan Envirnmental Watch Group   21 March, 2012 Let's de-politicize the Lynas issue   The majority of us anti-Lynas people feel offended by the government's unending insistence the issue is politizied.  We feel belittled by a gover...

Lynas balks at coming up with Rad Waste Plan before commencing operations in Malaysia

Nuclear energy is not the only technology that produces radioactive waste. The proposed Lynas rare earth mining project will produce it as well. Unlike nuclear energy production which has accumulated 50 plus years of rad waste and still no solutio...

Permission for Lynas to Operate in Malaysia...not!

Soo Jin Hou l Kuantan Environmental Watch Group   8 September, 2011 Lynas' executive chairman Nick Curtis claims that they have permission from the Australian government to set up the entire rare earth processing and waste disposal facilities in A...

Lynas: an injustice most taxing

What motive could there be to turn Malaysia into a radioactive waste dump? Lynas, and rare earth mining share the same motives as nuclear. Profit. Soo Jin Hou and Lee Wee Tak l Kuantan Environmental Watch Group  25 August, 2011   Malaysians a...

Rare Earth Mining, What Cost to Malaysia?

Soo Jin Hou l Kuantan Environmental Watch Group 1 July, 2011   Rare earth prices have skyrocketed over the past year.  Neudynium’s price increased 6 folds, and the rest of the elements recorded an average of fourfold  increase.  With the wide spr...

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